First Looks: Nokia N82

Shutterbugs Rejoice!

Shutterbugs Rejoice!

To the delight of shutterbugs everywhere, Nokia has unveiled another model within the N-series, the Nokia N82. The N-series mobiles have focused heavily on multimedia and the N82 is no different with its main selling point a 5.0-megapixel camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss lens with embedded Xenon flash. The Xenon flash unit had also been found in its predecessor, the N95. Hence this raises the question, what's so different about the new N82?

Our Button Woes

While the N95 came in the shape of a dual slider, the Nokia N82 arrives in a candy bar form. Although the footprint of the Nokia N82 is smaller than that of the previous N95, it looks cheap and plasticky, though no doubt some consumers may find this appealing. For us, the shiny front surface is yet another fingerprint attractor. Another shortcoming of the N82 would be the size of the display screen. It utilizes a 2.4-inch QVGA screen which might seem a tad too small for browsing the web or when employing the GPS function.

Blind typing on the N82's tiny keys is out of the question. When we tried doing it, we kept hitting the wrong keys. The soft buttons on the front plate also offers no tactile feel. The N82 also lacks the dedicated multimedia buttons found on the N95, relying instead on the four-way directional button set right in the middle of the mobile.

It's All About the Camera

Being the highlight of the N82, the Xenon flash unit is worthy of mention. As seen in various recent Sony Ericsson camera mobiles, like the K850i, the Xenon flash enables consumers to capture better images under less than desirable lighting conditions. We wished Nokia had also thrown in an additional LED illuminator as this would have helped in visualizing the object which is going to be shot.

The N82 is capable of VGA video capturing with stabilizer, A2DP Bluetooth technology and also TV-output. The package includes a 2GB microSD card to store all your multimedia files and images in addition to the 100MB onboard memory. While viewing your images, you can turn the mobile sideways and the onboard accelerometer would automatically change the orientation of the image. Having a micro USB port on the N82 also allows for fast and efficient file transfer.

With a 1050mAh battery compared to a 950mAh version on the N95, the N82 should have an improved battery life. It lasted little more than two days under normal usage. Phone calls were tested to be clear and distinct, with excellent reception in a wide variety of surroundings.

Final Thoughts

With an extensive list of features, the Nokia N82 would definitely attract users who look beyond its physical appearance. For the camera aficionados out there, rejoice, for Nokia has produced another mobile phone with a noteworthy camera and it's available for S$998.